Once again we hopped on our bikes (yes, an e-bike for me!) and like last year we followed the route of the art along the river Meuse (Maas). Somehow we found this year’s art not quite as impressive as last year, maybe because most of the works seemed smaller, but it gave us a wonderful excuse for a bike trip. My brother and I made it our personal challenge to take worthwhile photographs of each and every artwork. Unfortunately we could not get close to the “Black Widow” as the meadow had been closed off due to wandering steers and cows. And “Meandering” apparently had been taken down by the artist due to high winds. So, 8 pieces remained.
One of them, and my first photograph listed, is of the “Plankers“. Strangely enough this has been google translated on the site as “Plan Cherry” which doesn’t make any sense to me.
The Planking fad (or the Lying Down Game) is an activity consisting of lying face down—sometimes in an unusual or incongruous location. Both hands must touch the sides of the body. Some players compete to find the most unusual and original location in which to play. The term planking refers to mimicking a wooden plank. Planking can include lying flat on a flat surface, or holding the body flat while it is supported in only some regions, with other parts of the body suspended. Many participants in planking have photographed the activity in unusual locations and have shared such pictures through social media (information: Wikipedia).
No translation is given for “Struiners“. This means “walkers”.
All the other images speak more or less for themselves. Information can be find on this link by clicking on the tab “artworks”.
In Neerlangel we visited the tiny church of St. Jan de Doper (St. John the Baptist).
Originally a Romanesque church hall built in the eleventh century. The Romanesque tuffstone tower is probably the oldest Romanesque building in North Brabant. In the fifteenth century the church was expanded with a Gothic choir. In 1869 the church was demolished because of its dilapidated condition and changing insights. On the old foundations, the current Neo-Gothic church has risen. The Romanesque tower was spared.
Some of the other photos show Nature’s art. Judge for yourself. Who is the winner here?
We also saw thatching roofers. To build a thatched roof is quite an art.
Another trip saw unexpected animals at a seemingly very Dutch farm: cows, goats, sheep and…camels!
My sister also showed me a gorgeous house, with rust coloured slate siding, built on stilts. It stands on the floodplain between river and dike and had to be demolished. The owners fought this order and won. No doubt tons of disclaimers had to be signed. But as only the garage is on floor level, it doesn’t look like the water will ever get high enough to reach the living areas.